Teller's Magic

That's what Bakardy stole from Teller: not the secret, but the magic. In his hands and in the hands of his desperate customers, Shadows risked becoming another Origami or the Zig-Zag Girl. It risked becoming ordinary, remembered for what it was only in eulogies.

A great article by Chris Jones in Esquire about Teller's quest to protect one of his most awe-inspiring tricks. See also this 2008 Las Vegas Weekly article about the briefly-mentioned "The Red Ball" trick that teller spent eighteen months working on before he performed it. Actually, I consider the 2008 article required-reading before moving on to the Esquire article.

For what it's worth, they're great Instapaper fodder.

Steven Spielberg is Preparing 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' for an Imax Re-release

Q. As with the Imax release of “Raiders,” the Blu-ray releases of the Indy films are just upgrades in presentation – there are no other changes to the movies?

A. No, there’s no aesthetic changes to the films. I’m not going back and doing to any of my movies that are now coming out on Blu-ray what I did when “E.T.” was reissued for the third time and I made some digital changes in the picture. I’m not doing that any more. I’ve resigned myself to accepting that what the film was at the time of its creation is what it always should be for future generations. I’m no longer a digital revisionist.

If this interview doesn't get you in the mood to watch some big screen Indiana Jones, there's something seriously wrong with you.